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Postby DieHardCubbie » Mon Feb 16, 2004 9:47 am

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Former Knuckleballer Tries a Curve
Tucson, AZ - February 14, 2004

It must be the great hand-eye coordination or the pinpoint control of pitchers that make them great bowlers. And for the second time this season, a former Major League Baseball pitcher will try his hand out on the lanes.

Tom Candiotti, whose wicked knuckleball baffled hitters for 17 years, will compete in this week’s PBA Odor-Eaters Open. He follows in the footsteps of John Burkett, who most recently finished tied for 185th in the ABC Masters.

“I’ve really been looking forward to bowling for a long time now,” said Candiotti, who now works for ESPN as a color commentator and baseball analyst. “This is kind of like the first time you go to a major league (baseball) camp, you don’t really know what to expect. But I’m here to learn and see how my game stacks up against the best in the world.”

This will be Candiotti’s first time competing in a PBA event. The right-hander has been bowling now for about three years and says his love for the game started out as a fun thing to do with his kids. After he joined a father-son league with his two boys, he realized he was a lot better than he thought.

“The local pro at the center where I bowl gave me a ball with inserts, which really helped my game out,” said Candiotti, who now averages 215. “My kids and I love to watch the show every week and we TIVO it too so we can save the whole season and watch it whenever we want.”


Come on Madison....you can do better that Tom.... :-)
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Postby Madison » Mon Feb 16, 2004 11:24 am

I saw that on the telecast yesterday. ;-D

Nice to see the old guy doing something he enjoys. :-)

I've still got him beat though. ;-)
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Postby Mercer Boy » Mon Feb 16, 2004 4:05 pm

It would be cool if he could throw a knuckle bowling ball that would shift depending on where the oil is on the lane ;-D

Seriously, I love bowing and did watch yesterday. He has a freaking 5 year old that shot a 184. I didn't even do that until I was 20 (of course I started when I was 19).
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Postby Arlo » Mon Feb 16, 2004 4:38 pm

Odor-Eaters Open? Wasn't there a Bloom County cartoon kind of like that? :-D

Anyway, go knuckleballers!

(Mad could still beat him, though. :-) )
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Postby Mercer Boy » Mon Feb 16, 2004 4:40 pm

The fact that Walter Ray Williams Jr. was the top qualifyer did not surprise me - he's sponsored by Odor Eaters AND has an Odor Eaters spare ball. He's money either way and I'm sure he didn't need the help.
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Postby eftda » Mon Feb 16, 2004 6:06 pm

If Madison is ever on TV, someone let me know ;-D
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Postby Madison » Tue Feb 17, 2004 12:21 am

eftda wrote:If Madison is ever on TV, someone let me know ;-D


Oh, I'd definitely put up a thread or two (in every forum :-D ) if I was going to be on TV.

Unfortunately for me, the pros are in Dallas right now and due to a few complications, I won't be able to bowl the tournament against them. However, I will be bowling against them in the pro-am and maybe some side action afterwords all week. :-)
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Postby eftda » Tue Feb 17, 2004 1:33 am

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eftda wrote:If Madison is ever on TV, someone let me know ;-D


Oh, I'd definitely put up a thread or two (in every forum :-D ) if I was going to be on TV.

Unfortunately for me, the pros are in Dallas right now and due to a few complications, I won't be able to bowl the tournament against them. However, I will be bowling against them in the pro-am and maybe some side action afterwords all week. :-)


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Postby Mookie4ever » Tue Feb 17, 2004 7:57 am

I was talking trash in the football cafe and (on behalf of the baseball cafe) challenged them to a bowl-off. They quickly backed off because they had heard of Madison.

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Postby slowkidz » Tue Feb 17, 2004 8:40 am

Mookie4ever wrote:I was talking trash in the football cafe and (on behalf of the baseball cafe) challenged them to a bowl-off. They quickly backed off because they had heard of Madison.

The legend grows.


whoa there mookie! :-°

i didn't see this "challenge"...i'm sure we'd have someone able to take on the great madison. ;-)
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